Having a street party for the coronation?

Image above: Jubilee street party in Chiswick; photograph Jennifer Griffiths

Free beer and singalongs (the modern equivalent of the Roman emperors’ ‘bread and circuses’)

I am getting the sense that there are not so many street parties being planned for the coronation bank holiday as there were for the Jubilee last year, yet there is funding available from the local councils and free beer from Fuller’s, who have a Coronation ale created specially for the coronation of King Charles III.

Hounslow Council has so far had 18 applications to close the road for street parties, eight of which have come from Chiswick, and they have had two applications from Chiswick for community funding.

The coronation takes place on Saturday 6 May. Chiswick Cinema is planning to screen it live, with a lunchtime tea service and we have an extra bank holiday to celebrate it on the Monday, 8 May, bringing the bank holiday total for April and May to five days this year.

Image above: Last year’s Big Sing for the Jubilee at St Michael & All Angels Church

The Big Sing for the King – Saturday 6 May

Following the success of last year’s ‘Big Jubilee Sing’ for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, St Michael & All Angels Church and The Tabard pub are inviting Chiswick residents to celebrate the coronation with ‘The Big Sing for the King’ on the Saturday afternoon, on the piazza and lawn outside St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall.

Singers will be provided with song sheets and there will be a lead singer and an outdoor bar.

Fr Kevin Morris, the vicar of St Michael & All Angels, and John Higginson, landlord of The Tabard, say:

“We were delighted so many people came and sang last year – and many told us they wanted to do it again. We’ll be singing some of last year’s favourites and some new ones, including several by performers and songwriters from Chiswick and Ealing.”

‘The Big Sing for the King’ has been scheduled to run from 4.30 to 5.45pm on Saturday May 6th so as not to clash with any ‘Big Lunch’ street parties and events taking place on the Saturday and Sunday of the Coronation weekend.

Image above: You will be seeing this flyer for the Strand on the Green Lunch; Jubilee street party; photograph Ollie Mathews

Lunch on the Green – Sunday 7 May

The Strand on the Green Association (SoGA) is holding a street party on the Sunday, much like it did last year for the Jubilee, but with tables laid out along the grass opposite the Steam Packet pub so people can participate in a community lunch.

Lunch on the Green will be open to all and you can either bring your own picnic or buy food from the Steam Packet or the Bell & Crown, or other local traders who will have stalls.

The tables and chairs under cover will be free to use and there will be live music from 12 noon, with sideshows and activities for all the family throughout the afternoon. You might have a ride on the Fuller’s dray, drawn by their beautiful Suffolk Punch horses, or take a tour with a Blue Badge guide. There will also be home made cakes on sale.

If you fancy helping out, Lucy Cufflin and Ann Collins will be delighted to hear from you: lucycufflin@gmail.com / ann.soga@yahoo.com

Image above: The Great Conservatory at Syon Park

A free visit to the gardens of the Duke of Northumberland at Syon Park – Monday 8 May

Syon House, the London home of the Dukes of Northumberland, the Percy family, for over 400 years, is throwing open the gates for people to visit the gardens and Great Conservatory for free on the Monday.

No need to book they say, just bring a coronation picnic, dress up in your most royal costume and wear your tiara. There will be crafts, facepainting and storytelling for the children.

Money available for community events from Hounslow and Ealing Councils

There is money available from the local councils for community events.

Hounslow Council say there is not a specific Coronation focused grant, but:

“With a host of Coronation plans announced by the Palace, including the Big Lunch on Sunday 7 May and the Big Help Out on Monday 8 May, communities are being invited to come together to share friendship, fun and food, and take part in a day dedicated to good causes.

“To support residents who plan to host community-led events, Hounslow Council will be waiving all street party fees and offering grants of up to £1000 through the Council’s Thriving Communities Fund.

Residents will need to apply for funding by 9am on Monday 17 April 2023. Find more information on how to apply at www.hounslow.gov.uk/smallgrants

Ealing Council say they are also removing the fee for closing a road for coronation street parties and they are offering up to £150 to help out with the costs. Applications need to be made to Ealing by 7 April and late applicaitons will not be considered!

See how to apply here: Ealing Council / The King’s Coronation

Images above: Fuller’s Griffin Brewery

Beer available from the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery

To celebrate the coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as king and queen consort of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms, Fuller’s Brewery is giving away ten casks of beer to street parties being organised as part of the Big Coronation Lunch.

The competition is open to any street party which has registered with the Eden Project’s Coronation Big Lunch programme, whether in Chiswick or further afield, but winners will need to collect their casks from the Brewery shop in person.

Winners can also enjoy a guided tasting with one of the brewing team, followed by a quick lesson in how to prepare and tap a cask (all kit will be provided)

For the chance to win a cask for your local street party, simply fill in this form before Monday 17 April and you’ wil be entered into the ballot.

New Coronation King’s ale

The brewry is bringing out a special ale for the occasion, described as ‘a rich and flavourful strong ale, at 5.5% strength.

‘Rich mahogany in colour, our Coronation Ale tempts with aromas of orange marmalade, balanced by soft malt toffee.

‘The Huell Melon hops add melon, strawberry and apricot notes alonfside hints of citrus fruit – while the Pale Ale and Crystal malts bring distinctive biscuity flavours.

‘A smooth, delicate bitterness lingers on the palate to give a supreme finish.”

Let’s hope their Majesties appreciate it!

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